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Rand Paul Believes Government Surveillance Needs to be Put in Check

Rand Paul is pretty straightforward about his disagreement with wide-scale government surveillance practices and he says “I’m just asking for two amendments and a simple majority vote” on ending the NSA's bulk data collection. He also stated “I think sometimes my party gets all caught up in the Second Amendment, which is fine, but we don’t protect the Fourth Amendment enough. But actually I think neither party ends up protecting the Fourth Amendment enough, which is the right to privacy.”

Paul argues that giving the government too much power then opens the door for "systemic bias" to enter the system. In addition, he says President Barack Obama is "disingenuous" about this because he could end the practice on his own. On "Fox & Friends" Paul said, “We did it to the Japanese-Americans in World War II. We did it to civil rights protesters during the ’60s and to Vietnam War protesters. We just started grabbing them up and started looking at behavior we didn’t like. So the right to dissent in a free country is very important, and some would say this has a chilling effect on a right to dissent."

When discussing ISIS, he said “The ultimate victory is going to become when civilized Islam steps up and civilized Islam says that this aberration ISIS is intolerable.”

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